Time is running out for the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) and the Portland Public Schools (PPS) administration to reach an agreement in their contract negotiations. The parties enter another round of mediation Tuesday, and have until February 20 to settle — the date teachers notified the district it would strike if an agreement isn’t reached.
If a strike occurs, school will be closed for three days for staff training. The district plans to reopen elementary, middle, and pre-K schools on February 25 if it can staff the schools. PPS is trying to recruit substitute teachers at the moment, saying the substitutes have a contractual agreement to come to school during a strike and noting they may forgo insurance coverage if they don’t.
And meanwhile parents are wondering what they should do with their kids if a strike does happen.
How would you be affected by a PAT strike? What are you doing to prepare?